Benefits of Sewing Class in Schools
When you think of the life skills that you want your children to have before they leave your home, you might have a list that looks something like this: balance a checkbook, understand proper budgeting, be able to cook a decent (and hopefully healthy) meal, change a tire on the side of the road, and with any luck, prepare their own taxes. One thing that’s not common to see is hand-working skills.
Generations ago, it was not only common but required that children learned the art of sewing and knitting. Clothes were made from hand; hats and mittens were crafted in living rooms not factories. While your child will rarely need to create his or her own wardrobe from a bolt of fabric and a spool of thread, there are real benefits to investing the time and resources to teaching your child the trick of the handwork art.
Besides the obvious benefit of being able to sew on a wayward button, hem a new pair of pants, or even craft a new baby gift, handwork provides your children with a creative way to:
*develop and mature their finger dexterity and fine motor skills
*find and build their self-confidence
*learn copious amounts of patience (Have you ever tried to trace a pattern!?!?)
*have a social creative outlet for meeting and gathering with friends
Even in today's time, the relevance of sewing has not vanished. Next time, when you are buying play-dough and clay, think of this alternative too. And don't think this is a "girls only" activity!
(Indebted to various sources)